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The Brindle Chute

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What in the world is the Brindle Chute Fly? This fly was originally designed by Chuck Stranahan for the e hecuba mayfly hatch that occurs late summer on the Bitterroot River in Montana. This is no hatch specific fly, however. It truly resembles a very wide range of aquatic insects and has turned into a fantastic searching pattern.

While it may have originated in the West, I’ve caught plenty of fish on it on East Coast Rivers as well. This has quickly become one of my go to flies when nothing else seems to be working. Brook Trout fisherman will love this pattern as well as Brookies just seem to love this bug.

Remember, we only have this one earth. Take care of her. Pack it in, Pack it out.

Tight Lines and Screaming Drags

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The Salt River Project: Urban Carp Fishing

 When most people think about fly fishing, they think about wild trout in beautiful forests or high mountain lakes. But how about fly fishing for carp in urban canals? If you fly fish in Arizona, you’ve probably heard about all the rave over canal fishing or seen impressive pictures of fifteen-pound commons on Instagram. It [...]

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Early Season Trout Tactics

It’s starting to warm up, the sun is out, and you’re chomping at the bit to go fishing. Yeah, we all get that feeling. But the water is high and murky, streams are blowing out, and water temperatures are in the 40’s…..what to do, what to do, and what to do…….Streamer FishingMy go to this time of year [...]

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Basic Fly Knots

We asked a room full of anglers, "What are the best fly-fishing knots?" Two hours later, the debate was still going on! From disagreements about fly fishing leader knots to arguments about the strength of a turtle knot, there were many opinions to consider.However, there were a few knots that literally everyone said they rely [...]

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A Beginners Guide to Fishing for Pike

Fly fishing for Pike is becoming ever more popular each year. They are an exciting fish to catch on the fly. They are abundant and wide spread throughout North America. Many fly fisherman start out fishing for trout, and then branch out into other species.In fly fishing for Pike, you’re really not going to be able to use [...]

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Choosing the Right Fly

As fly fisherman we dream about time spent on the water. Its what we live for; those moments of hooking up with our desired species. The exhilaration that comes from seeing that trout come up and sip our fly, or the thrill of seeing the indicator jet beneath the surface is exactly why we dream of our time spent [...]

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​Spring Time Means Blue Winged Olives!

It’s getting to be that time of year. Spring means hatches of Baetis mayflies. As water temps begin to rise, we get to see the first hatches of Blue Winged Olives. BWOs hatch in both Spring and Fall in good numbers throughout North America.These little mayflies are perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions often encountered at these [...]

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​At what age do you teach your children to fly fish?

I I get asked this question a lot, and I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer to it, and it’s highly situational.Safety FirstI river fish quite a lot. For my two daughters, their ability to be strong swimmers was very important from a safety perspective. For them to go out on some adventures with me, they [...]

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​Give Leeches Some Love

I’m just a dry fly guy trying to improve my game. I get it, we all get excited for the Stonefly, Baetis and Caddis fly hatches right around the corner. However, subsurface fishing techniques are very necessary if we are going to be well rounded in the sport we love.I’ve been swinging leeches and floating them under an indicator. [...]

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Common Spring Creek Mistakes

Fishing spring creeks can be a great challenge. Avoid these common mistakes to improve your success on the water.  Limit your false casting. Too much false casting increases the odds that the fish will sense your presence. Whether it’s spray on the water, seeing the line overhead, or feeling your movement in the water, too much false casting [...]

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